By Mark Smith

28th Aug, 2020 | 5:36pm

Defender waves goodbye to club ahead of switch to Leeds - Journalist

Leeds United have finally found their defender in Freiburg’s Robin Koch.

The German international will replace the influential Ben White from last season after it became clear Brighton would not sell to the Whites.

Phil Hay reported on Friday that the 24-year-old is set to complete his medical at Elland Road over the weekend after the two clubs agreed to a fee.

Koch could be on his way to Leeds as we speak, with the Mirror’s David Anderson sharing a significant update on his personal Twitter account.

Anderson claimed that the defender has already waved goodbye to everyone at Freiburg ahead of the £13million switch.

“Robin Koch has said his goodbyes at Freiburg and will have his medical at Leeds this weekend before joining up with Joachim Low’s Germany squad on Monday,” he wrote.

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“Fee is £13m plus add-ons.”

Koch has a couple of German international caps to his name and could come up against another potential signing in Rodrigo next week.

Comparing the Freiburg enforcer to White, and Victor Orta could have pulled off a masterclass for half of the price.

Brighton rejected a bid of £25million from Leeds for White, and that was for a player who had never tasted top-flight football in his career.

Koch has been in the Bundesliga for a number of years, pitting himself against the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland.

The 24-year-old even completed more clearances, blocks and was dribbled past fewer times per game last season, according to WhoScored.

Believe us, this is a great move from the Whites.

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